Republican Version of DREAM Act Just Elongated, Hoop-Jumping Version of Original Bill

By: Friday November 16, 2012 9:55 am

My understanding is that Republicans oppose the DREAM Act because they oppose a path to citizenship for any undocumented immigrant, regardless of their circumstances. They don’t really care if the individual came into the country as a child, brought by their parents, with no recollection of their former country.

So I’m puzzled by this attempt to craft a Republican alternative to the DREAM Act, led by Florida’s Marco Rubio, which seems to be merely a weaker version of the original bill, with all of the path to citizenship elements that would make anyone disinclined to support an “amnesty” bill scream.

 

Top Romney Mouthpiece Marco Rubio: Ensuring Gender Pay Equity Is Just a Windfall for Trial Lawyers

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 11:30 am

Possessing the privilege in this country that comes with owning a penis, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tells women of America that ensuring pay equity is just a legal headache.

RNC Finale Liveblogging

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:00 pm

Well, the lie-a-palooza that is the Republican National Convention is mercifully drawing to a close, and all that remains to be seen now is whether Mitt can convince non-Republicans (or Republicans, for that matter) that he’s even remotely likable or trustworthy, and whether he’ll break up the perfect game by accidentally saying something factual. I know, you’re not supposed to jinx it by talking about it, but it’s just so exciting!

Marco Rubio: Mitt Is My Hero and Every Child in America Should Grow Up to Be Like Him

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 11:50 am

Mitt Romney’s popularity/approval ratings have been in the dumps since the early primaries, and they’ve remained there or worse through the summer as the American people learned more about him.

So a recurring theme among Team Republican hacks has been that the one thing Mitt needs to do to capture the Presidency is to “tell us who he is,” as if the man who has been running for President since forever would become enormously popular if only he, his wife, and his friends would just reveal the “real” Mitt Romney.

McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed With…Paul Ryan

By: Monday August 13, 2012 1:20 pm

Paul Ryan no doubt got the nod because Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell and Marco Rubio were all afraid to risk their political futures as failed VP candidates on a Romney ticket. Paul Ryan doesn’t have a lot to lose….he’s got a fairly close R+2 PVI district where he’s been in trouble ever since he took on senior citizens with his his wacky Medicare coupon plan, and if everyone is betting on a big Democratic turnout in the fall, this makes sense for him. But McKayla Maroney is Not Impressed.

My Piece in Salon: Underwater Homeowners Face a Tax Time Bomb

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 6:45 am

The letter from Bank of America Home Loans got right to the point. “We are pleased to inform you that we have approved your Home Equity Account for participation in a principal forgiveness program offered as a result of the Department of Justice and State Attorneys General global settlement with major mortgage servicers.” In the letter, which I obtained from an anti-foreclosure activist, Bank of America offered the homeowner full forgiveness of their entire home equity loan balance of over $177,000. But then Paragraph 5 came with an ominous warning: “Please be aware that we are required to report the amount of your cancelled principal debt to the Internal Revenue Service.”

Obama Lead Shrinks in New Mexico

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 4:24 pm

President Obama still holds the lead in the swing state of New Mexico. According to PPP Obama leads 49 percent to Romney at 44 percent, but this is a serious drop from earlier in the year.

Republicans Try to Rewrite Legislative History on the DREAM Act

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 2:49 pm

We learned today that voters are incredibly supportive of the action that President Obama took to grant deferred action status and provide work permits on a temporary basis for DREAM-eligible students who came to America before the age of 16. As you look closely at the issue, and the Republicans’ inability to approach it – you can see that the move, years in the making, was both good policy and good politics.

IAEA Pulls Back on Iran Nuclear Inspection Breakthrough

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:30 pm

After a couple weeks of hope, there troubling signs about the future of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. It appeared the IAEA had struck a deal with Iran for future inspections, but now, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has announced new talks, as well as a revelation about satellite images showing demolished buildings at Parchin, one of the sought-after sites by UN weapons inspectors.

Reid: Rubio’s DREAM Act Doesn’t Have Any Language to Support

By: Monday May 14, 2012 11:40 am

Harry Reid, appearing on Univision, said that Marco Rubio doesn’t even have legislative language for his rumored version of the DREAM Act, and that he couldn’t possibly assess its chances without something to look at.

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